Let me just start by saying this. For those who have never experienced the Consumer Electronics Showcase, otherwise known as CES — the world’s largest electronics convention held each year in Las Vegas, it is an absolute mind-blower. This is my first time at the show and I’ve already convinced myself that this will be a ritual in my life for many years to come. That being said, after day 3 of CES 2012, I’ve seen a total of one — yes, only one — product that has completely blown my mind. That product is the Epson Moverio BT-100 — the world’s first-ever 3D, transparent head-mount display unit, powered by our beloved Android OS.
The Moverio BT-100 consists of a set of see-through multimedia glasses and a pocket-sized control unit, powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo). The device offers web browsing capabilities and allows users to watch content from most websites including MPEG-4 videos, files or applications and side by side 3D viewing on the move. The control unit features dedicated buttons for commonly used functions and and a touch-sensitive trackpad. WiFi connectivity, a 4GB SD card, 1GB of internal memory and a convenient storage case are all included with the Moverio.
The image produced by the Moverio is simply unbelievable. It’s unfortunate that I cannot convey to you how cool this product is with words alone — this is one of those “Gotta see it to believe it” pieces of technology that will leave you amazed after your first experience and dying to get your hands on a unit you can call your own. The display is a “large perceived image” — equal to viewing a 320-inch screen from a distance of 20 meters. Viewing mode can be toggled between 2D and 3D, with the latter viewing mode offering a truly enjoyable, pain-free 3D viewing experience.
While no official date has been set on US pricing or availability, the Moverio BT-100 was officially unveiled last November in Japan, and is expected to be available in the States in the very near future. We’ll be patiently awaiting its arrival, and looking forward to getting our hands on one of these babies for an all-out nerdfest.
Key Features Transparent lenses for see-through viewing Large perceived image – equivalent to watching a 320-inch screen from 20 meters away QHD screen resolution (one quarter of a Full HD display) Android™ 2.2 platform and Adobe Flash player for easy web browsing and faster application speeds Easy access to the internet with Wi-Fi connectivity Easy-to-use control unit, featuring dedicated buttons and touch-sensitive trackpad Carry case and battery charger Store content on the 4GB SDHC card (included) Up to 32GB memory capacity for large file storage Built-in 1GB internal memory Watch side-by-side 3D content Replacement nose pads and adjustable side arms Fits over glasses Intuitive smart-navigation user menu Digital user guide enables quick, helpful problem solving whenever needed Enjoy both audio and visual content with a pair of Dolby Mobile2 stereo sound earphones (included) Six hour battery life Removable transparent lens shade